2014 feels like the year of unexpected collaborations and that continues with hints of a potentially huge match up. Rapper and TSIS favorite Logic just posted a photo with young superstar producer Zedd in the studio with the caption “Worked on something crazy last night in the studio with Zedd.”
Logic is hot off the release of his debut album Under Pressure which smashed expectations as far as numbers go and translates the rappers unbelievable buzz into one of the most powerful forces in hip-hop to watch. Aside from enlisting Louis Futon for a remix of his song “Break It Down”, the rapper has never once ventured into the electronic space, staying pretty traditional and true to his signature style. Zedd, on the flip side, has never worked with a rapper before, not even with a remix.
We feel the lack of experience in each other's genres will lead to some amazing chemistry as both artists dive into something new at the same time, leaving us with something potentially groundbreaking.
Will they go more in the traditional progressive house styled side of Zedd or venture into something new like Vic Mensa's genre blending single “Down On My Luck”. What do you think?
From the looks of the picture, they look excited, which has us all very excited for what’s to come.
Over the past year, information has been revealed about a Skrillex and What So Not collaborating in various studios across the globe. Today we finally get to hear the first rip of the most complete project between the artists. "Goh" was debuted through Skrill’s recent takeover on New Zealand radio station George FM, and boy does it leave you craving more.
Skrillex and What So Not recruited Australian artist KLP to provide some very powerful vocals that are cleanly layered over the very distinct sounds of Sonny, Flume and Emoh. The collaboration sounds exactly how you would expect a mash up of recently released Skrillex basslines and the very festival oriented trap produced by What So Not. Listeners of Skrillex's other collaboration Jack U will be very pleased as this track has that same intense energy we've come to expect. Stream the track below from part 1 at 10:35 and be on the look out for the full release. Enjoy!
The hype surrounding producers Skrillex and Diplo under their new outfit as Jack U couldn't be higher since the collaboration's announcement. Recently we've gotten to hear what these two have been producing; from the first single "Take U There" featuring singer Kiesza released earlier this month to a two hour mix on BBC Radio 1Xtra this past weekend. Both producers have hinted at some form of official Jack U release bigger then a single, stating different facts through twitter and interviews, ranging from either a mixtape, an EP, or even a full album.
As we've covered, Skrill and Diplo took over the Diplo and Friends radio show this weekend for a special Jack U two hour mix debuting quite a few unreleased new songs; with collaborations ranging from 2 Chainz to AlunaGeorge. One track in particular that caught our ears was a collaboration with Montreal's newest bass icon and growing TSIS favorite, SNAILS. The track is currently untitled still as "ID".
This only further cements SNAILS as one of the most exciting new names in bass music. The collaboration, while surprising, isn't entirely unexpected considering Skrillex's support for SNAILS this year; OWSLA released two anthems by the up-and-coming producer, "Wild" and "Pump This”. The debut of the Jack U track only adds to SNAILS breakout year now having collaborated with two of the most influential figures in electronic world.
Listen below to the preview of the song via a clip from the Jack U Diplo and Friends mix. It is one of the most brutal and epic songs I have heard in quite a while. The energy behind this track is highlighted by the insanely intrecate and strange sounds that are the woven melody. Blending so many genres from trap to dubstep to reggae leaving us with a completely new genre we can only call “Jack Snails” or maybe "Snail U", this untitled track gets us more and more excited for what's to come. Let us know what you think of this monster below. As always, enjoy!
Jack U & SNAILS – ID
Just a few weeks back news broke that unveiled the track-list for Calvin Harris’ latest studio album Motion set to release November 7th. The most surprising and unexpected collaboration on the track-list leak was “Open Wide” featuring Big Sean, which we can hear for the first time today via the release of the official music video.
Electronic fans will recognize Calvin’s contribution to the song as it is a re-work of his massive festival banger “C.U.B.A.”. Adding Big Sean’s outrageous verses and chorus fits the track perfectly leaving us with another guaranteed hit. You can pre-order your copy of Motion today via Calvin's website, and enjoy the new video!
Calvin Harris – Open Wide ft. Big Sean | iTunes
Long time TSIS supported artists, Manic Focus is approaching the release of his latest album. We first heard the singles "On The Horizon" followed up by ""Bumpin In The Voodoo" featuring Dominic Lalli of Big Gigantic and today we have the last single before the album's release. Looking to be Manic Focus' best work to date the drop is just days away through the new record label Liberated Music.
This new track "Life Goes On" is actually a collaboration with new his label head GRiZ and couldn't have turned out any better. The collaboration brings out the best in both artists leaving us with something really special. The live instruments and samples come together for a perfect blend of chilled out soulful energy. It's the type of song that will have you hitting replay after the very first listen to truly soak it in. Listen to the premiere of the song below and grab a free download of Manic's new album on Tuesday. Enjoy!
Manic Focus – Life Goes On Ft. GRiZ
Just a few days ago Feed Me and Kill the Noise unleashed their much anticipated follow up collaboration "Far Away" and teased that there was a full music video to be accompanying it. They let it be known that it was going to be premiering on Adult Swim which set the tone for expectations, which it has fully lived up to. Watch the producers as they have been animated into this epic journey and the song is available to pick up if you want to grab a copy. Side note, the characters were originally drawn by 6 year old kids. Enjoy!
Feed Me & Kill The Noise – Far Away | iTunes
Bassnectar has been known to do things a little different, one area that specifically sets him apart is how in tune he is with his massive fan base. Where some producers are far-away unreachable figures, the latest song from Bassnectar was actually born from a fan literally reaching out to the producer's e-mail and sending him tracks.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Bassnectar told about how "a lot of fans send me music, either tipping me off to songs they want me to remix, asking for production tips or to see if I want to collaborate."
Craz, an aspiring producer out of New York, sent something that hit the massive producer in just the right way. "I could hear a lot of ways that his ideas could be more explosive and complete and asked if he wanted to team up on that song."
The result is a track that goes back to the older roots of Bassnectar, surly to make many long time bassheads happy as it is full of reggae-styled vocals, powerful synths and of course loads of bass. The track, "Thursty" has been released as the only orignal on the brand new Noise vs Beauty remixes album available now. You can also catch Bassnectar as he continues on his North American tour that has followed a sold out stop at the iconic Madison Square Garden in New York earlier this month.
Bassnectar & Craz – Thursty | Pre-Order Noise vs Beauty Remix EP
The colossal duo of Kill the Noise and Feed Me recently teased the followup to their 2012 collaboration "Thumbs Up (For Rock N’ Roll)". Their latest song “Far Away” might be one of both artists' biggest to date as we first previewed last week.
The track is powered by a captivating chorus sung by a children's choir, setting the tone for both producers to lay down some unbelievably intricate melodies. The song's upbeat energy is highlighted by pulsating drops sprinkled throughout. The track encompasses both collaborators' styles perfectly while still delivering something completely new and unexpected.
There is a full animated music video to help explode the single which is set to premiere on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim this Saturday Oct 25th. Listen below, watch out for the video tonight, and make sure to pick up your copy through Beatport as it is available through both Kill the Noise and Feed Me’s labels Slowroast and Sotto Voce respectively. Enjoy!
Feed Me & Kill The Noise – Far Away | Beatport
Childish Gambino can't seem to stay off our radar for more than a few days following his insanely successful joint mixtape and EP release with STN MTN / Kauai and a movie quality music video for the hit "Telegraph Ave". Now he is featured on a brand new song. New York duo LION BABE have just released a new anthem "Jump Hi" packing a funky upbeat and soulful punch. It is the perfect soundtrack for Gambino to come in and deliver a fearless verse giving the track an exciting twist and somewhat stealing the spotlight. Listen to the song and be on the lookout for details on an official iTunes release or free download. Enjoy!
Jump Hi (Ft. Childish Gambino) – LION BABE | Stream Only For Now
Calvin Harris' upcoming newest studio album "Motion" is rolling out in full force following up the previous "Slow Acid" and "Blame" feat John Newman. Now we get the full version of his newest collaboration with singer Ellie Goulding on "Outside". This new track might even top the duo's previous hit "I Need Your Love" really displaying how talented both artists are. From the melody driven dance foundation from Calvin to Ellie's unbelievably smooth vocals, the track is an instant hit and can probably expect a music video in the near future. Listen below and you can now pre-order Calvin's album "Motion". Enjoy!
Calvin Harris – Outside ft. Ellie Goulding | iTunes
T.I. is closely approaching the release of his latest studio album Paperwork set for a release later this month and decides to let loose one of the largest cuts, a collaboration with Pharrell. The song of the same name “Paperwork” is a soulful, upbeat ballad with Pharrell delivering a mood setting chorus with his own unique twist. T.I. delivers some smooth effortlessly on point verses that contrast perfectly with the rest of the song. You can grab a free download of this song when you pre-order the album which just went live today. Enjoy!
T.I. – Paperwork (Ft. Pharrell) | iTunes
Last week we first previewed an exciting clip of the official music video for “Gust Of Wind”, a second collaboration between Pharrell and Daft Punk after their massive "Get Lucky" release. You now can watch the full cinematic journey in all its glory directed by Edgar Write, responsible for flicks like "Shaun of the Dead" and the upcoming Ant-Man among others.
The video sees Pharrell in some far off forest with his ranger hat and all moving around as dancers fly in every which direction. We then see Daft Punk represented by giant stone molds of their helmets lift up from the ground and float around while singing their chorus. The video is very well done, and leaves the viewer craving to see more Daft Punk by the end of it, which closes out with a climatic appearance of an outline of the famed robots in the sky at the very end. Watch below and you can pick up your copy on iTunes. Enjoy!
The daunting task of remixing a Flume and Chet Faker song has prevented many from taking on the duties, but booming New York producer Sweater Beats has pulled off quite the magnificent feat with his latest remix. The chilled out single "Drop The Game" from Flume and Chet's highly acclaimed Lockjaw EP is given a gritty yet melodic future bass overhaul to Sweater Beats creative implantation. Prolonging the violin sample to include a new powerful synth pattern and accenting the euphoric bass bursts makes this remix a great listen and possibly even better than the original. Sweater Beats is passing this remix out as a free download and will be hitting the road this fall alongside Chance the Rapper for a string of college shows that culminates with a performance at this years Day of The Day put on by Hard Events. Check out the dates below and above all… Enjoy
Flume & Chet Faker – Drop The Game (Sweater Beats Remix) | Free Download
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After a successful album release with numerous singles, Sam Smith links up with NY rapper A$AP Rocky for an unexpected pairing of styles you won’t be able to get enough of on “I’m Not The Only One” . An incredible organic instrumental acts as the perfect soundtrack for Sam to lay down his signature soulful voice which contrasts with Rocky’s gritty rapping perfectly. This song is being released as a single and will be available at midnight tonight. Enjoy!
Sam Smith – I'm Not The Only One feat. A$AP Rocky | Stream Only
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